Thursday, October 15, 2009

Cyberweek 2009

Hello Cyberweek 2009 Participants!!!

LiSimba is participating in Cyberweek 2009, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, through a few enjoyable opportunities. First of all, LiSimba is offering you the chance to measure your skills in communicating effectively in cross cultural settings. You can do this by experiencing an online simulation which LiSimba created and wrote. The link to the cross cultural simulation will be sent to you through Cyberweek 2009. After you complete the simulation you will find a set of scores that have been tallied for you during your time on the simulation. If you will send LiSimba your scores, I will return to you a note that interprets your scores, giving each participant a measured idea of his/her skills in effectively communicating in cross cultural settings.

Along with your note I will send you a download of a portion of a chapter that I wrote in the ABA GUIDE TO INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS NEGOTIATIONS, THIRD EDITION, May 2009, for your use in cross cultural communications.

During Cyberweek 2009 I will be sharing insights on cross cultural issues in global communications on this blog. I look forward to chatting with many of you asynchronously on cross cultural communications.

In anticipation of Cyberweek 2009,

Jane E Smith, Esq.
Founder and President
LiSimba Consulting Services, Inc.
Building Relationships for International Business Success


  1. Jane,
    Thank you for your time to get Cyberweek on the cross-cultural training plan!!
    I hope this is a great week!

  2. I think its a great idea how you can choose your own path through this simulation. On the scale it looks like there is a positive and negative side. Is it possible to get negative. I realize the outcome is based on scores, but going through the simulation it didn't seem like any decisions i made could have led to a bad outcome.

  3. Jane,

    This was a fascinating and entertaining experience! What struck me the most was noticing my "standard" way of responding to the issues was to use indirect communication (e-mail) rather than direct communication. I also noticed that I just wanted to get it all resolved rather than do additional research or collect information from other parties first.

    This was a really valuable exercise and a great way to learn to identify weak spots. Everybody should try this!


  4. Miss Smith,

    This simulation was extremely enlightening. I enjoyed the constructive criticism involved when choosing an option that the other side would clearly weigh differently.

    When my father completed his MBA he talked about participating in a similar business simulation that allowed for graduates to explore the alternatives in business by using games. I am certainly glad to see that this simulation focuses on cross-cultural and international representation, as well as ODR.

    I also enjoyed the scoring at the end with the feedback, it allowed for me to fully comprehend the effects each of my choices made upon the success of the organization.

    I hope this simulation permeates the international business and legal world, as I have been exploring these areas in my legal studies class. This is certainly a great tool for both educators and entrepreneurs alike!


    All the best,

  5. Jane Smith,

    I found this simulation to very educational and entertaining at the same time. Shortly into the simulation I found myself making decision as if I were truly in his position and wanted to complete the project. I even found myself taking notes at time to gain a better understanding of all the characters and their backgrounds. I also liked how the simulator gave feedback about certain choices and even made it feel like realtime with incoming phone calls and walk-in meetings.

    This program helped me realize how many different choices there are when replying to a client. I could email, call, send a personal letter, or set up a meeting all depending on the particular situation. I also enjoyed the feedback at the end of the program and my results for my managerial skills.

    Thank you for making this program available to me,

    Travis St. Peter

  6. Jane,

    What an interesting simulation! I really had to think through the options, and it was great to get feedback on the decisions that I made. These issues are so important and this was really a great program. I loved the interactive nature.



  7. This simulation was eye-opening for me. Generally, when I think ahead to my life in a corporate infrastructure, I mostly imagine it to be like college, but applied. I work very linearly, and I expected my career to be very "one task, then the next..." This may all sound very naive.

    But taking this simulation contributed a bucket-load of perspective. In this new global era, the corporate world is sure to be dynamic, as it felt in the simulation. I had to constantly juggle clients and superiors as I tried to make sense of who to inform and how to get informed. I found myself actually feeling the heat of the situation, and it's shocking how each and every split-second decision had a profound impact on what was to come. I consider myself a kind and respectful person, but the Sheik and I didn't end up on the best terms. I was just ignorant of the cross-cultural risks behind many of my decisions.

    In short, I didn't score so well, but that simulation was very immersive! Thank you for sharing that with us.

    Matt Firmani

  8. This simulation was very interesting to me as I am constantly wondering what it would be like to be forced to choose certain paths in these sort of situations. During the simulation I felt, at times, like a stockbroker weighing his options knowing the immediate effects of such decisions are sometimes hard to predict. I scored well because I have a decent knowledge of major world cultures from my Comm class, and it was rewarding to see the Sheik was pleased with my decisions. Thanks, John Arno